Let's take a look at McCain, and what was left out of convention speeches:
Because McCain graduated fifth from the bottom of his class at the US Naval Academy, he can't apply for a job at the Pentagon. Because he has no business experience, he can't apply for a job in Corporate America. So he becomes a politician who runs on his war hero name. Though he has been in the Senate a long time, he has been an unopposed incumbent who often is not present to vote.
Except he did vote to invade Iraq. Even Hillary has paid a price for her vote on the war. So why isn't McCain? I've lived in Arizona most of my life, and only wrote McCain once. I asked him to be a voice of reason against the invasion of Iraq. His reply was 100% in support of Bush/Cheney. Please keep in mind that this not only was before the surge, it was before the invasion.
In regard to national security and foreign policy he will continue Bush's saber rattling and war-mongering. On that basis alone, his economic plan is a joke. We will spend $3 trillion on the war in Iraq. If McCain had his way we will continue to spend in Iraq plus start new wars (crusades?) with Iran, Russia, and who knows. Worse, he is temperamental and impulsive, and perhaps a little forgetful -- He must be kept away from the "red button." He will not help our relations and standing in the world, and he will not make us more safe.
As for an energy policy, first McCain shovels some populist poop by promoting a Gas Tax Holiday, then he scoffs at Obama's reference to proper tire pressure, and now he is the Drill Shill. As if it isn't simple minded enough to believe drilling will solve our energy problems, conservatives believe Pelosi is the sole obstacle to our energy solutions. Who is supported by and gives support to Big Oil? McCain and the GOP.
McCain calls to end "the constant partisan rancor that stops us from solving these problems." This is ironic coming from a man who has been using Rove's play book, and from the Republicans who have resisted compromise regarding energy such as wind and sun. Why don't Republicans want long-term energy solutions and to leave an unpolluted planet for their children?
As with Bush/Cheney, McCain is trying to oppress freedom of speech in his attacks on the news media. Like Bush he selected a VP with his guts and didn't want to be bothered with details. Like Bush he refuses to be transparent or accountable trying to avoid hard questions with his POW shield.
McCain is close to Lindsay Graham, who no doubt approves of Palin for VP. With her extreme pro-life positions, Graham would have had her join him in the Terri Schiavo intervention. And Palin's mention of education might have been overlooked because she is anti-science. That fundamentalists are now on board should scare us. These hypocrites are turning a blind eye to McCain/Palin's backgrounds to make abortion illegal even in cases of rape or incest.
McCain talks about the "me-first, country-second Washington crowd." Who is he referring to? The people who want affordable healthcare, to be able to send their kids to college, who want to take care of the environment, who care about the poor? McCain most certainly puts himself before country, as we watch him trade his principles for the presidency with each passing day. When he acquiesced to Bush's definition of torture, he was saying he was not tortured. I don't know how much more ambitious a person can be.
"Cindy McCain's theme in her address will be "duty and character," the campaign said." What are they thinking? McCain had an affair with Cindy while he was still married to his first wife. Then he tried to use his political power to cover-up Cindy's drug stealing. Then he was involved in the Keating Five. In the meantime, as they hop from home to home, Cindy spends $7,000 in a month on one American Express card, while McCain votes against an increase in the minimum wage. And they are examples of "duty and character?"
As hard as it may be to believe, there are still core Bush supporters -- like the delegates at the Republican convention, and those who think Batman is Bush -- who idolize Bush. These folks don't come out and say it, for fear of losing Republican moderate and swing votes, but they DO want four more years of Bush/Cheney.
I once was Republican, and now I'm Independent. I'm also female, and very disappointed in Palin. Conservatives questioned Hillary's choice to have a career in law instead of serving "tea and cookies" as well as her experience while she was our First Lady. Yet Palin is running as "hockey mom" of five children while pursuing one of the most demanding jobs in the world. You and I don't get hired based on those reasons. Neither should McCain/Palin. But most of all, they are nothing but hypocrites.